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Vermont now able to regulate certain radioactive materials

October 1, 2019 GMT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission says the state of Vermont now has the responsibility for regulating certain radioactive materials in the state.

On Monday NRC Chairman Kristine Svinicki and Vermont Gov. Philip Scott, a Republican, signed the agreement that gave Vermont the authority to regulate 36 academic, commercial and medical licenses for use of radioactive material.

The agreement took effect on Monday.

The agreement does not include radioactive material at the now-shuttered Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant or for federal agencies using certain nuclear material in the state.

Vermont has the responsibility for licensing, rulemaking, the inspection of and enforcement activities related to the industrial, medical and academic uses of radioactive material.

Vermont is the 39th state to sign such an agreement with the NRC.